The Bridal Fashion Week event is when we get our annual input of all the new creations from top designers that we use to assess the season’s new trends. This year more than usual, we have appreciated being inspired by gorgeous new gowns, brought to life with perhaps even more creativity since confined in last years lockdown. We are all hoping a brighter future will arrive as soon as possible — in the meantime we are making the most of these special wedding dresses that feeds our souls, that have been somewhat starved of optimism, celebration and glamour.
This season brought a spectacular set of new trends. While some of them were refined versions of well-loved classics, others felt very adventurous and fresh. From playful print, powerful shoulders, oversized fairy sleeves and those dramatic silhouettes, designers have captured the situation we found ourselves in 2020 (a craving for fairy-tales, glamour and extravagance) and presenting a truly mesmerizing experience.
Below are the fall 2021 wedding dress trends that all brides-to-be need to know about.
Modern fairy tale glamour
Re-invented romance and dreamy princess gowns tickled our imaginations. Exaggerated ruffles, big skirts, 3D silhouettes and sleeve drama was created to speak to the brides of the upcoming season waiting for that moment they can feel exuberant, daring and ultra-feminine.
Lady Di’s wedding dress
If you are a fan of Princess Diana’s wedding dress, consider the puffed shoulder, voluminous skirts and exaggerated ruffles. Over the top 1980s royal details were seen in silhouettes, sleeves and choice of fabrics and trims.
Another version of fairy tale maximalism came in the form of exaggerated 1940’s short sleeves giving a softly sculptural effect. A modest neckline and an open back also brings us back to the past in a modern, more playful version.
In contrast to the maximalist features we have seen so far, our designers are also looking back to a more innocent and care-free time. 90s nostalgia came in affirmatively with the frequent featuring of the minimalist square neckline, and whilst we’ve seen indie designers using the square neckline for a couple of seasons, this trend was clear present across various large bridal fashion houses.
The creative puff sleeves
The bishop sleeve has been both a regular feature amongst haute couture and boho designers alike. This trend is here to stay, but this season designers are venturing into new ways of shaping and adorning the puffy sleeve for maximal creativity. It certainly brings the thoughts to magical story book moments and suits both Aline and fitted silhouettes equally perfectly.
Now more than ever, designers are looking to offer brides options. More proof that brides require versatility is of course a result of the pandemic, where brides perhaps will give the second wedding dress a miss for their smaller wedding. Dresses that come with detachable sleeves, shoulder capes, bows, trains and overskirts speaks to brides who realize the dress purchase should be made the most of, allowing her to customize and change her look between ceremony and the dinner after. Some pieces such as the bridal toppers, pants or mini dress can of course be treated as a garment to wear again and again.
We can conclude that the designers this years wants to create gowns that celebrate the female super power within all brides. Feminism is a world wide force growing stronger and stronger, and what better time to celebrate your beautiful features than on your wedding day? Brides that want to appear sensual and sophisticated at the same time will love these tastefully sexy corset bodices.